Friday, December 17, 2010

Smoked Tempeh Pizza w/ Carrot Pesto (Vegan, GF)

Pizza is one of our greatest loves, but it's harder than you think to make a gluten-free pizza crust without using chemicals. We decided to try to make a crust out of our Brown Rice Flax Tortillas and it worked perfectly! We topped our pizza with smoked tempeh crumbles which we were inspired to make after having tempeh bacon at Fresh Restaurant in Toronto. It is a couple minutes away from a musical theatre workshop we are currently taking downtown so we will definitely be going back. Here is how we made the pizza!

GF Pizza Crust
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp sweet rice flour
1/4 cup rice bran
2 tbsp finely ground flaxseed
3/4 tsp baking powder (add if you like thick crust)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4-1 cup warm water
1/2 tbsp agave or raw honey

Combine all ingredients and form into a flat disc shape. Add more water if it's too crumbly. Press onto an oiled cookie sheet (we think coconut oil works best) and prick with a fork. Bake in a 325F oven for 20 minutes. Set aside.

Smoked Tempeh Bits
2 tbsp safflower oil
1 tbsp tamari
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp dried basil (optional)
1/4 tsp liquid smoke
Sea salt and pepper

Pour over 1 cup of crumble tempeh and let marinate while you prepare the pesto.

Carrot Pesto Sauce
1 large carrot (rough chopped)
1/2 cup of parsley
2 tbsp chopped red onion
1/2 tsp oregano
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic
Sea salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until it is a "pesto consistency". Set aside.

Hummus "Cheese" Sauce
1/2 cup hummus
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt

Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

After you have baked the crust. Spread carrot pesto onto crust. Sprinkle on tempeh bits and sliced red onion in an even layer. Pipe on "cheese" by putting sauce in a ziploc bag and cutting off one of the corners. 

Bake for 30-35 minutes in a 350F oven.

I know the crust looks crackly, but I promise it only LOOKS that way, it actually stays together really nicely.

 Ok, so we just tried the pizza and OMG the smoked tempeh is ridiculous! This is definitely one of the best vegan things we've ever made!


  1. This looks really great. I've tried rice flour crusts and they end up just a bit too hard. I'll try this recipe. Also love the hummus "cheese!"

  2. oh yum!! We have carrot cheese sauce too, it is one of my favorites!!

  3. looks like a very fun and creative non-traditional pizza. Nice work! :)

  4. I just made tempeh bacon a few weeks back for a tempeh reuben sandwich. It turned out awesome!! This looks great too. I've never used liquid smoke but am loving smoked paprika right now!

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